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Comment Re:Chris Cassidy is a fucking hero (Score 1) 54

I have more respect for him as a SEAL than the two Bronze Stars, those aren't all that hard to earn after all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_Star_Medal

Cassidy is an honor graduate of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) Class 192. He was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" device and the Presidential Unit Citation for leading a 9-day operation at the Zhawar Kili cave complex – a national priority objective directly on the Afghan/Pakistan border during Operation Enduring Freedom. Cassidy was a guest speaker at the USNA Combat Leadership Seminar (2003 & 2004). He was awarded a second Bronze Star for combat leadership service in 2004 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.[1]
Chris Cassidy is also the 500th person in space. He achieved this by being the designated crew member by the rest of his crew mates, during the STS-127 mission.[7] He is also the second SEAL to fly in space following William Shepherd, a veteran of four prior missions.

I suppose it depends on what that service was, but still, a pretty exemplary person.

Comment Re:Different cities' maps (Score 1) 329

I don't have individual city maps, but I have found that the visitor centers off the major highways tend to have maps for free, I have almost the entire east coast that I keep in my truck's glove box just in case. I can't say I have used one in years however...the last time I used one was when I took an exit in CT that was supposed to be in Mass and needed to figure out where I went wrong. I however always use my smartphone now, set the navigation before starting and follow it the whole way, it even updates for traffic.

Comment Re:Torn (Score 1) 470

Reading that excerpt, I am left with the impression that he just didn't have time for meaningful relationships, he devoted himself to his work instead. Nowhere does it actually say that he is gay, though you can read that into what he says. There is a section that says:

And those who are cut off from it by their own desires, by those twists and bends that turn them in another way-like you, Bean, so determined are you that no more children will be born with your defect, and that there will be no children orphaned by your death- those who are cut off because they think they want to be cut off, they are still hungry for it, hungrier than ever, especially if they deny it. It makes them angry, bitter, sad, and they don't know why, or if they know, they can't bear to face the knowledge.

He is specifically coming out and saying that Bean's desires are twisted into not having children, not that Bean is gay or that Anton is gay. Anton threw himself into his work rather than trying to find someone to marry, there are many people who do that.

Frankly, it is a book of its time. Shadow puppets was published in 2002, they gay marriage debate wasn't really an issue back then, most homosexual people were just looking for acceptance of them as they are at that point in time.

Comment Re:F22s (Score 1) 470

Ignore the AC, you are right, in the books they go over the first invasion happening on Earth, wide swaths of land was destroyed in the initial attack. Mazer was from the second invasion I believe, I don't know if they ever went over how we drove them off in the first invasion, as we would have been severely outmatched in that fight.

Comment Re:I can't see it. (Score 1) 470

This is a good time to make it because the drone warfare that will characterize any hypothetical interplanetary conflict is finally believable to the general public. Most scifi still has the 60's nostalgia of in person human fighter pilots. Otherwise it is not fair.

You do realize the fighters and carriers in Ender's Game had real people flying them right? When the fight was over they turned into the first colonists, well except for the last group, they were all destroyed.

Ender's team was only giving orders/occasionally taking over individual fighters, the reason he thought it was a game was that no one would conceive of faster than light communication since it was kept such a good secret (the ansible http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansible#In_Card.27s_work which quantum tunneling sounds very much like)

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